Wednesday, 9 January 2013

St Dwynwen's Day

Now the Christmas season is over crafty blogland is awash with Valentine's Day projects.  There's plenty of time to create some lovey-dovey cards and gifts but here in Wales we only have a couple of weeks before St Dwynwen has her lovers day.  I've been experimenting with my new heart dies from Papertrey Ink - they were expensive but as there was nothing else that appealed to me last month I didn't mind splashing out on them.  And I'm glad I did as I've enjoyed creating these little hanging heart decorations with them.  Yesterday was dark and wet and not conducive to photography but today the sun has returned (though as you can see above, there are strange clouds hanging on the mountain) and I was able to snap them pinned to the old shed outside the back door this morning. 

They are quite easy to make.  The patterned edged dies cut my favourite Myriad felt really nicely - even the lacy edge cut perfectly.  I then stab stitched fabric hearts to back and front and added buttons or Die-namics rolled felt roses to decorate.  The little leaves were cut using another Papertrey die from the Lovely Layers collection.

Easy-peasy as you can see from the photo.  I did use iron-on interfacing to ensure the fabric hearts cut cleanly and there's a smaller felt heart layer underneath each fabric heart to add a bit of subtle padding.

As you might imagine, good Welsh language rubber stamps are impossible to find and I'm too lazy to stamp a greeting out with individual alphabet stamps today, but I found this lovely card on the Visit Wales website (its a free download), along with St Dwynwen's story and some suggestions for romantic breaks and restaurants -  if you should need that sort of thing!!


  1. Already with the pretty hearts? Oh I must hurry and make something :) Thank you for the inspiration, the fabric assortment is lovely, as always!

  2. What darling little hearts these are. Can't believe our thoght are turnng to Valentines day already!! Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Lovely hearts Ann. I am already working for the MOther's Day market!!! So we are always busy.....

  4. What lovely hearts you have created! These would make wonderful ornaments for a tree in eleven months if I start NOW!
    Thanks for the link to learn about this Welsh holiday.

  5. Love having a peep at your blog, gorgeous hearts Ann.Are all your valentine bits going to be for sale on your folksy site. You make me very jealous, u are so crafty clever.jayne.x

  6. They are so beautiful & so stylish at the same time - fabulous Ann! I'm due a Papertrey order myself soon - I always wait until I can qualify for the postage discount lol x

  7. Loving your Valentine Hearts and a belated thank you for your e - Christmas Card. Looking forward to another year of crafting.

  8. these are sooo pretty Ann, and I love your St Dwynwen's card also!! Hope you don't mind if I pin these!


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